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#1 posted 10-09-2012 05:02 PM

The table originally had GF arm-r-seal applied by wipe on/wipe off. Yep. wipe off. Charles Neil personally advised me to do so. And a great finish it was. No need to buff or scuff sand in between coats. The problem was I didn’t apply enough to take the abuse of the table top. My bad.

Now, streaking is occurring. They run length ways with the grain. I’ve used minwax wipe on poly, gloss, and even tired GF satin using a t-shirt. In talking with Minwax and Sherwin Williams customer support, which both are excellent, they both agree that the air vent above the table can be drying the poly faster than normal not allowing for a quick tipping off of the finish. The table is 2’ by 4’ so there should be enough time to do so. Also, the GF satin can was not a new can, and that could have also caused problems. I’m wiping the poly like one would waxing a car not just with the grain. The first coat goes on sweet with little problems with both the minwax as well as the arm-r-seal. But that second coat the poly seems to go kinda “sticky” and not allowing me to level off the finish. Hmm, weird.

Anyway, I’m thinking about going back to the original formula of a shellac wash coat and if possible arm-r-seal again. Since the Woodcraft store closed in my area, :( I would have to order the can online or perhaps make up my own. This time the air will be shut off. I never had this problem before and inclined to think it’s the a/c vent issue.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

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